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Adam Staffaroni, PhD

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Neurology
SchoolSchool of Medicine
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    Dr. Staffaroni is neuropsychologist in the UCSF Department of Neurology. He provides clinical neuropsychological assessments, and his research focuses on predicting disease progression and improving endpoints for clinical trials in neurodegenerative diseases. He completed a MS degree and PhD in Clinical Psychology at Palo Alto University, with an emphasis in neuropsychology. His training included a clinical internship at the West Los Angeles VA Health Care system, where he also studied FDG-PET correlates of memory in Alzheimer’s disease. He then completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center (MAC).

    In his work at the MAC, his research program aims to prepare for clinical trials in neurodegenerative diseases by: 1) developing and validating trial endpoints, 2) leveraging multimodal neuroimaging and fluid biomarkers to predict patients’ clinical course and inform clinical trial stratification, and 3) developing novel approaches for selecting clinical trial endpoints that account for disease heterogeneity. He is also interested in healthy aging and studies the aging brain through a combination of functional connectivity, structural imaging, and perfusion imaging.

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    1. Staffaroni AM, Bajorek L, Casaletto KB, Cobigo Y, Goh SM, Wolf A, Heuer HW, Elahi FM, Ljubenkov PA, Dever R, Kornak J, Appleby B, Bove J, Bordelon Y, Brannelly P, Brushaber D, Caso C, Coppola G, Dheel C, Dickerson BC, Dickinson S, Dominguez S, Domoto-Reilly K, Faber K, Ferrall J, Fields JA, Fishman A, Fong J, Foroud T, Forsberg LK, Gavrilova R, Gearhart D, Ghazanfari B, Ghoshal N, Goldman J, Graff-Radford J, Graff-Radford N, Grant I, Grossman M, Haley D, Hsiung GY, Huey ED, Irwin DJ, Jones DT, Jones L, Kantarci K, Karydas A, Kaufer DI, Kerwin DR, Knopman DS, Kraft R, Kremers WK, Kukull WA, Litvan I, Lucente D, Lungu C, Mackenzie IR, Maldonado M, Manoochehri M, McGinnis SM, McKinley E, Mendez MF, Miller BL, Multani N, Onyike C, Padmanabhan J, Pantelyat A, Pearlman R, Petrucelli L, Potter M, Rademakers R, Ramos EM, Rankin KP, Rascovsky K, Roberson ED, Rogalski E, Sengdy P, Shaw LM, Syrjanen J, Tartaglia MC, Tatton N, Taylor J, Toga A, Trojanowski JQ, Weintraub S, Wang P, Wong B, Wszolek Z, Boxer AL, Boeve BF, Kramer JH, Rosen HJ. Assessment of executive function declines in presymptomatic and mildly symptomatic familial frontotemporal dementia: NIH-EXAMINER as a potential clinical trial endpoint. Alzheimers Dement. 2019 May 11. PMID: 31088775.
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    2. Staffaroni AM, Cobigo Y, Elahi FM, Casaletto KB, Walters SM, Wolf A, Lindbergh CA, Rosen HJ, Kramer JH. A longitudinal characterization of perfusion in the aging brain and associations with cognition and neural structure. Hum Brain Mapp. 2019 May 07. PMID: 31062904.
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    3. Staffaroni AM, Kramer AO, Casey M, Kang H, Rojas JC, Orrú CD, Caughey B, Allen IE, Kramer JH, Rosen HJ, Blennow K, Zetterberg H, Geschwind MD. Association of Blood and Cerebrospinal Fluid Tau Level and Other Biomarkers With Survival Time in Sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease. JAMA Neurol. 2019 May 06. PMID: 31058916.
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    4. Lebares CC, Guvva EV, Olaru M, Sugrue LP, Staffaroni AM, Delucchi KL, Kramer JH, Ascher NL, Harris HW. Efficacy of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Training in Surgery: Additional Analysis of the Mindful Surgeon Pilot Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Netw Open. 2019 May 03; 2(5):e194108. PMID: 31125095.
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    5. Staffaroni AM, Ljubenkov PA, Kornak J, Cobigo Y, Datta S, Marx G, Walters SM, Chiang K, Olney N, Elahi FM, Knopman DS, Dickerson BC, Boeve BF, Gorno-Tempini ML, Spina S, Grinberg LT, Seeley WW, Miller BL, Kramer JH, Boxer AL, Rosen HJ. Longitudinal multimodal imaging and clinical endpoints for frontotemporal dementia clinical trials. Brain. 2019 Feb 01; 142(2):443-459. PMID: 30698757.
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    6. Casaletto KB, Elahi FM, Staffaroni AM, Walters S, Contreras WR, Wolf A, Dubal D, Miller B, Yaffe K, Kramer JH. Cognitive aging is not created equally: differentiating unique cognitive phenotypes in "normal" adults. Neurobiol Aging. 2019 Jan 24; 77:13-19. PMID: 30772736.
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    7. Resende EPF, Rosen HJ, Chiang K, Staffaroni AM, Allen I, Grinberg LT, Carmona KC, Guimarães HC, Carvalho VA, Barbosa MT, de Souza LC, Caramelli P. Primary School Education May Be Sufficient to Moderate a Memory-Hippocampal Relationship. Front Aging Neurosci. 2018; 10:381. PMID: 30515091.
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    8. Elahi FM, Casaletto KB, Altendahl M, Staffaroni AM, Fletcher E, Filshtein TJ, Glymour MM, Miller BL, Hinman JD, DeCarli C, Goetzl EJ, Kramer JH. "Liquid Biopsy" of White Matter Hyperintensity in Functionally Normal Elders. Front Aging Neurosci. 2018; 10:343. PMID: 30483114.
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    9. Ljubenkov PA, Staffaroni AM, Rojas JC, Allen IE, Wang P, Heuer H, Karydas A, Kornak J, Cobigo Y, Seeley WW, Grinberg LT, Spina S, Fagan AM, Jerome G, Knopman D, Boeve BF, Dickerson BC, Kramer J, Miller B, Boxer AL, Rosen HJ. Cerebrospinal fluid biomarkers predict frontotemporal dementia trajectory. Ann Clin Transl Neurol. 2018 Oct; 5(10):1250-1263. PMID: 30349860.
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    10. Casaletto KB, Staffaroni AM, Elahi F, Fox E, Crittenden PA, You M, Neuhaus J, Glymour M, Bettcher BM, Yaffe K, Kramer JH. Perceived Stress is Associated with Accelerated Monocyte/Macrophage Aging Trajectories in Clinically Normal Adults. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2018 Sep; 26(9):952-963. PMID: 30017239.
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    11. Casaletto KB, Elahi FM, Fitch R, Walters S, Fox E, Staffaroni AM, Bettcher B, Zetterberg H, Karydas A, Rojas JC, Boxer AL, Kramer JH. A comparison of biofluid cytokine markers across platform technologies: Correspondence or divergence? Cytokine. 2018 Nov; 111:481-489. PMID: 29908923.
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    12. Staffaroni AM, Tosun D, Lin J, Elahi FM, Casaletto KB, Wynn MJ, Patel N, Neuhaus J, Walters SM, Epel ES, Blackburn EH, Kramer JH. Telomere attrition is associated with declines in medial temporal lobe volume and white matter microstructure in functionally independent older adults. Neurobiol Aging. 2018 Sep; 69:68-75. PMID: 29859365.
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    13. Staffaroni AM, Eng ME, Moses JA, Zeiner HK, Wickham RE. Four- and five-factor models of the WAIS-IV in a clinical sample: Variations in indicator configuration and factor correlational structure. Psychol Assess. 2018 May; 30(5):693-706. PMID: 29494190.
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    14. Staffaroni AM, Brown JA, Casaletto KB, Elahi FM, Deng J, Neuhaus J, Cobigo Y, Mumford PS, Walters S, Saloner R, Karydas A, Coppola G, Rosen HJ, Miller BL, Seeley WW, Kramer JH. The Longitudinal Trajectory of Default Mode Network Connectivity in Healthy Older Adults Varies As a Function of Age and Is Associated with Changes in Episodic Memory and Processing Speed. J Neurosci. 2018 Mar 14; 38(11):2809-2817. PMID: 29440553.
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    15. Staffaroni AM, Elahi FM, McDermott D, Marton K, Karageorgiou E, Sacco S, Paoletti M, Caverzasi E, Hess CP, Rosen HJ, Geschwind MD. Neuroimaging in Dementia. Semin Neurol. 2017 10; 37(5):510-537. PMID: 29207412.
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    16. Elahi FM, Marx G, Cobigo Y, Staffaroni AM, Kornak J, Tosun D, Boxer AL, Kramer JH, Miller BL, Rosen HJ. Longitudinal white matter change in frontotemporal dementia subtypes and sporadic late onset Alzheimer's disease. Neuroimage Clin. 2017; 16:595-603. PMID: 28975068.
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    17. Binney RJ, Pankov A, Marx G, He X, McKenna F, Staffaroni AM, Kornak J, Attygalle S, Boxer AL, Schuff N, Gorno-Tempini ML, Weiner MW, Kramer JH, Miller BL, Rosen HJ. Data-driven regions of interest for longitudinal change in three variants of frontotemporal lobar degeneration. Brain Behav. 2017 04; 7(4):e00675. PMID: 28413716.
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    18. Staffaroni AM, Melrose RJ, Leskin LP, Riskin-Jones H, Harwood D, Mandelkern M, Sultzer DL. The functional neuroanatomy of verbal memory in Alzheimer's disease: [18F]-Fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) correlates of recency and recognition memory. J Clin Exp Neuropsychol. 2017 Sep; 39(7):682-693. PMID: 27876444.
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    19. Pankov A, Binney RJ, Staffaroni AM, Kornak J, Attygalle S, Schuff N, Weiner MW, Kramer JH, Dickerson BC, Miller BL, Rosen HJ. Data-driven regions of interest for longitudinal change in frontotemporal lobar degeneration. Neuroimage Clin. 2016; 12:332-40. PMID: 27547726.
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    20. Dobryakova E, Staffaroni A, DeLuca J, Sumowski JF, Chiaravalloti N, Wylie GR. CapMan: independent investigation of capacity and manipulation with a new working memory paradigm. Brain Imaging Behav. 2014 Dec; 8(4):475-9. PMID: 24370894.
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